The London Acorn School offers a purposeful, academically rich and coherent curriculum which leads to a deep subject knowledge in a broad range of subjects. Primarily shaped by the Waldorf Steiner pedagogy in the early years, it is inclusive of best practice from complimentary pedagogies with a blended approach in the Lower School years. Best practice from mainstream approaches, Forest school and Waldorf Steiner are blended to create a unique and broad curriculum with an eye to National Curriculum indications and benchmarks.
Intended to promote capability for the art of living, we provide a safe and secure environment conducive to learning and creativity, encouraging students to fulfil their potential in relation to their abilities, skills and interests in accordance with their spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical development. Our curriculum is focused around the developmental stages of each year group and within the curriculum teachers ensure that the ages, abilities and needs of students are met, including those with an EHC Plan.
The intent of The London Acorn School curriculum is to:
- cultivate and preserve the child’s innate sense of wonder and love of learning
- develop the capacity for independent imaginative thinking and creative doing
- offer a low-tech environment in the early years to promote the development of the finer senses and motor skills, connections in real time to people and places while gradually teaching digital skills and online safety as they progress
- take full advantage of the nourishing and restorative power of Nature, accessible to us in Morden Hall Park, to foster a sense of place and connection to the Earth as well as to acquire skills in Natural Science and Geography
- to provide an intimate, unhurried environment, where children can learn at a pace in keeping with their developmental needs
- provide a secure and ordered environment with clear boundaries and consistent daily rhythms which encourage full participation and engagement with teachers, peers and learning
- hold high academic expectations for the key skills of numeracy, literacy and the sciences in addition to cultural, musical, artistic skills (including design and technology)
- support the child’s physical, emotional and spiritual development, equipping children for life
- enable pupils to develop moral sensibility with an understanding of individual liberty, mutual respect and a tolerance of those with different beliefs.
- provide an arena where the child’s individuality is accepted and respected, enabling them to become fully integrated members of the community and broader society with a clear and strong sense of their strengths and areas for development